Strasbourg court rejects Charlie Gard appeal

ECtHR endorses English courts’ ‘meticulous’ decisions that life-sustaining treatment withdrawal is in ten-month-old’s best interests

28 Jun 2017

Great Ormond Street Hospital will be allowed to withdraw life support for Charlie Gard after the European Court of Human Rights declared inadmissible an application by the ten-month-old’s parents that UK law was in breach of the right to life principle.

The decisions by the English courts to agree to doctors’ request to stop providing Charlie with life-sustaining treatment had been ‘meticulous, thorough and reviewed at three levels of jurisdiction with clear and extensive reasoning giving relevant and sufficient support for their conclusion’, the Strasbourg judges said.

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